dance

Kimani Fowlin

Afro-Fusion

Professional dancer and choreographer Kimani Fowlin received her dance training and bachelor of arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and her master of fine arts degree in dance from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She teaches, choreographs, and facilitates workshops nationally and internationally.

Fowlin is a co-founder of Boom!Beep!Bop! children’s music and movement classes with an African Diasporic foundation. Fowlin’s choreography while at Sarah Lawrence College was selected to compete in the American College Dance Festival in Columbus, Ohio. She co-directed M’Zawa Danz from 1995 to 2000 with Maia Claire Garrison; during this time she choreographed and performed as an independent artist with Ronald K. Brown, David Rousseve, Youssef Koumbassa, Andrea E. Woods, Souloworks, Umoja Dance, Harambee Dance Company, and Antibalis (a 15-member Afrobeat orchestra). Fowlin has performed internationally in Lima, Peru, where she received a grant to teach, choreograph, and perform. While there she collaborated with composer and percussionists Manongo Mujica and Julio "Chocolate" Algendones. Her work abroad also includes performing and teaching in Russia as part of the Fifth International Festival of Movement and Dance on the Volga, performing in Ghanafor Panafest 2003, and choreographing and performing in Greece with funk R&B band Milo Z in 2006. Fowler had the opportunity to choreograph with playwright Nina Mercer on the play Gutta Beautiful, which premiered at the Abrons Art Center/Henry Street Settlement in 2007. She is a teaching artist for Brooklyn Academy of Music, Community Works, and Urban Arts Partnership. Fowlin has collaborated with Mike Ramsey and playwright Amparo Garcia Crow.